Many Loves, One Heart: Stories of Courage and Resilience

18 min. Sarah Feinbloom, dist. by Good Docs, www.gooddocs.net. 2018. DVD $69; acad. libs. $149; public performance; digital + DVD $249; streaming + DVD $259. GENDER STUDIES
Highlighting efforts of the LGBTQ movement in Jamaica, a country where homophobia is reported to be widespread, this documentary projects a hopeful note by profiling various individuals and organizations that are seeking progress. The first openly trans police officer discusses how living her true life has led not only to self-fulfillment but also strengthened community bonds. A priest whose church broke with tradition to include love and acceptance for LGBTQ citizens explains his teachings. Professors and experts are interviewed and discuss the issues confronting LGBTQ individuals. There is also a focus on hardships faced by youth who are forced to live on the street after being ostracized by their families. The film concludes with a glimpse of the second Pride Week to be held in the country and shows a successful, safe event and dreams for the future.
VERDICT A solid tool for building global awareness; recommended for social and LGBTQ studies curricula.

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